So do Labs really have webbed feet or is this just another one of those doggy urban myth things? The answer is well yeah, Labs kind of have webbed feet, not exactly like a ducks webbed foot, but webbed nevertheless. But here’s the thing, All Dogs have webbed feet, not just Labs. For some unknown reason many, many years ago in an age before time, somebody said “Labs are good in water because they have webbed feet.” And to this day, many of us still subscribe to this notion. Fortunately this is one of those myths that you yourself can easily disprove right in the comfort of your own home, by simply just looking at your dogs feet, just be careful you don’t get bit.
If you like you can continue to read what reminded me to write about this.
We had a nice young couple from the Mohawk Valley area of New York, visit recently. After they had a chance to meet some of our dogs, Brewster the Saint Bernard from a Utica NY rescue(who didn’t get too much drool on them). Natalia’s, Pit Bull Shake-a-bee from Florida ( who couldn’t have cared less that their were visitors, as he was too busy hunting frogs). Spock, and all black 110 pound mixed breed dog that got his name because he has a little white crest on his chest reminiscent of the insignia from the old Star Trek T.V. show. And, Lyndsey formerly Timber from a Long Island rescue organization.
After they met those guys and checked out our new doggy house, the conversation turned to their dog. An 11 year old Chocolate Lab, that they adopted when she was four years old. They mentioned that she’s turned into a great dog but they found it a little odd that she didn’t like swimming or going into the water, after all she’s a Lab with webbed feet….
This Lab webbed foot stuff is just one of those things that who knows how it got started, probably the same guy that said, “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks”.
Anyway, next time you hear somebody say that Labs have webbed feet, now you can tell them, “All dogs have webbed feet”.
The Spirit Dog
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